Apr 11, 2011 at 9:47am
New Board Member Of NMC Sworn-In
Mrs. Justice Sophia Adinyira, a Judge of the Supreme Court, yesterday swore in Mr. Kudjo Anthony Batse, the Deputy Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), as a new board member of the National Media Commission (NMC).
He replaces Mr. Samuel Appiah Ampofo, who until recently was a member of the Commission.
Mrs. Justice Sophia Adinyira, who administered the oath of secrecy and allegiance on behalf of the Chief Justice, Justice Georgina Wood, advised Mr. Batse to put in effort to maintain the highest journalistic standards Ghanaians yearn for.
Mrs. Justice Adinyira urged Mr. Batse to be tactful and courageous in carrying out the onerous responsibility with impartiality.
She noted that though the 1992 Constitution guarantees freedom and independence of the media, there are limitations to these in the interest of national security, public order, public morality and for the purpose of protecting the reputations, rights and freedoms of other persons.
Justice Adinyira advised Mr. Batse and other members of the commission not to wait for complaints to be made against the media before acting.
Ambassador Kabral Blay, Amahere, Chairman of NMC, advised the media to be responsible in executing their duties, adding “the media should unite the people but not divide them, inform, not misinform, enlighten the public not to confuse them and also try as much as possible to promote peace not war in the media landscape.”
He said Ghana continues to be rated as one of the countries in the world with a free press since the constitution and NMC have guaranteed free speech and freedom of expression. He assured the public of NMC’s commitment to fulfill its mandate, in spite of all the challenges confronting the commission.